Tragedy at Indiana State Fair – Sugarland Stage Collapses 5 Dead


Last night, tragedy struck the Indiana State Fair when the outdoor Sugar Land stage collapsed killing 5. Authorities have stated that 40 others have been injured in the stage collapse.  The stage collapsed during a powerful storm at the Indiana State Fair,  just moments after an announcer warned of the advancing storm and gave instructions on what to do in event of an evacuation.  Please say a prayer for the victims and families of this terrible accident.

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A fifth person has died from the collapse of an outdoor concert stage in heavy wind just before a weekend show at the Indiana State Fair, which was shut down on Sunday, authorities said.

More than 40 people were injured in the collapse on Saturday night, just minutes before the country duo Sugarland was set to begin performing, Indiana State Police said.

UPDATE I: Watch the VIDEO of Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and his comments following the tragedy.

UPDATE II: 5 People dead, 45 injured and lead singer of the country band Sugarland, Jennifer Nettles, expressed her horror …  there were “no words to process a moment of this magnitude and gravity.”

The victims were identified by the Marion County coroner’s office as Tammy Vandam, 42, of Wanatah; Glenn Goodrich, 49, of Indianapolis; Alina Bigjohny, 23, of Fort Wayne; Christina Santiago, 29, of Chicago; and Nathan Byrd, 51, of Indianapolis, who died overnight.

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    One Response to “Tragedy at Indiana State Fair – Sugarland Stage Collapses 5 Dead”

    1. A Texas Grandfather on August 14th, 2011 3:25 pm

      My prayers to the families of those deceased and injured.

      Some TV reports are that the wind speed was 60 MPH. If this is true, then the Governor and the State Fair association need to do an in depth investigtation.

      The stageing may not have been designed to withstand a straight line wind force of 60 MPH or it could be that the people doing the installation did not install it properly. Stageing of this type should be able to stand in winds to 100 MPH.

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